Government of Canada announces nearly $1.6 million in key coastal research initiatives in St. Lawrence Estuary, Quebec
“Collaboration with maritime communities, Indigenous peoples, universities and other partners with close ties to Canada’s oceans is at the heart of the Coastal Environmental Baseline Program. Together, we are making great strides to better understand and protect these bountiful yet vulnerable areas. We are fulfilling our responsibility to present and future Canadians to steward our irreplaceable marine resources with care.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“This investment is excellent news not only for the many people who make a living from fishing, shipping, coastal tourism and other activities in the St. Lawrence but for all Quebecers and Canadians. Baseline data gathered in collaboration with coastal communities will strengthen science-based decision-making, better enabling us to protect and restore these sensitive marine ecosystems.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain
The five project partners announced today include: Explos-Nature; Université du Québec à Rimouski; Université du Québec à Chicoutimi; Comité Zone d’Intervention Prioritaire de la Rive Nord de l’Estuaire; and Centre interdisciplinaire de développement en cartographie des océans.
The objective of the six projects is to characterize the conditions in the St. Lawrence based on a variety research initiatives including: a study of the physical and biological components of coastal wetlands, a light detection and ranging analysis of the seabed; an investigation of the abundance and distribution of molluscs and other benthic macrofauna; an assessment of coastal fish species through underwater video recordings; and an investigation of intertidal macroalgae (seaweed) through remote sensing technology.
The $50.8 million Coastal Environmental Baseline Program, part of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, is helping to collect wide-ranging scientific data in six marine ecosystems with high vessel traffic and coastline development: the Port of Vancouver, BC; the Port of Prince Rupert, BC; the St. Lawrence Estuary, QC; the Port of Saint John, NB; Placentia Bay, NL; and Iqaluit, NU.
Coastal baseline data is critically important to our understanding of marine ecosystems and essential to our ability to protect marine species and habitats into the future. The data will also be used to inform decisions that could impact on sensitive marine environments.
In addition to gathering valuable coastal environmental baseline data, these projects will provide information to help coastal communities measure the effects of climate change on coastal ecosystems, specifically by describing the impacts of coastal erosion on sensitive aquatic habitats.
This new investment complements funding announced earlier this spring for other marine environmental data collection projects in the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick and the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, British Columbia
The Coastal Environmental Baseline Program is one of many actions the Government of Canada is taking to safeguard our coasts and waterways under the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan. This national plan will establish a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while ensuring our coastlines are healthier, safer and better protected for future generations.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Region of Quebec
Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
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